HCAAO Get-together dinner 2017

The Hellenic-Canadian Academic Association of Ontario (HCAAO)
organized its annual dinner

Date/Time: Thursday, November 16, 2017, 6 PM (reception), 7 PM (dinner)
Venue: University of Toronto Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street
Invited speaker: Professor John Tsotsos
Tickets: $75 (includes 3-course dinner and wine)
RSVP: Christina Christara ccc@cs.toronto.edu

About the talk and speaker:

Title: Artificial Intelligence: Should you Believe Stephen Hawking and
Elon Musk or Google and Facebook?

Abstract: Artificial Intelligence makes headlines on an almost daily
basis. It is creeping into our everyday activities at an alarming pace
and its potential seems to be a magnet for entrepreneurs. The
entertainment industry portrays it as both magical and terrifying, and
both sentiments are echoed by internationally known personalities as
well. But where does truth lie?

I will try to cut through the hyperbole and misinformation to provide
some perspective on the status and future of AI. Examples from my lab’s
research on robotics and computer vision will illustrate how we are
trying to make AI more like The Jetson’s Rosie or Star Trek: TNG’s
Commander Data and less like The Terminator.

John Tsotsos Biography:

John Tsotsos is Distinguished Research Professor of Vision Science at
York University. He received his doctorate in Computer Science,
specializing in artificial intelligence, from the University of Toronto.
After a postdoctoral fellowship in Cardiology at Toronto General
Hospital, he joined the University of Toronto on faculty in Computer
Science and in Medicine. In 1980 he founded the highly respected
Computer Vision Group at the University of Toronto, which he led for 20
years. He was recruited to move to York University in 2000 as Director
of the Centre for Vision Research. He has been a Canadian Heart
Foundation Research Scholar (1981-83), a Fellow of the Canadian
Institute for Advanced Research (1985-95) and Canada Research Chair in
Computational Vision (2003-2017). He has received many awards and
honours including many best paper awards, the 2006 Canadian
Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Society Award for Research
Excellence and Service, the 1st President’s Research Excellence Award by
York University on the occasion of the University’s 50th anniversary in
2009, and the 2011 Geoffrey J. Burton Memorial Lectureship from the
United Kingdom’s Applied Vision Association for significant contribution
to vision science. He was elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of
Canada in 2010 and was awarded its 2015 Sir John William Dawson Medal
for sustained excellence in multidisciplinary research, the first
computer scientist to be so honoured. Over130 trainees have graduated
from his lab. His current research focuses on a comprehensive theory of
visual attention in humans. A practical outlet for this theory forms a
second focus, embodying elements of the theory into the vision systems
of mobile robots.